Unity in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack put to test as slain editor publishes book from beyond the grave attacking France’s intellectuals as “disgusting” for suggesting he should tone down satirical cartoons
The book accuses the media of fomenting hatred against the magazine and the former Right-wing French president Nicolas Sarkozy of “freeing up” racism in France.
It slams Islamists who apply the Koran to the letter as if they were “putting up Ikea shelves”, and are ready to “cut the infidel’s throats along the dotted line otherwise God will deprive me of Club Med in the afterlife”.
But it saves its heaviest salvos for Left-leaning intellectuals, described as “ridiculous demagogues” for accusing Charlie Hebdo of going too far by publishing drawings of Mohammad. Many then joined mass street demonstrations after his death under the ‘Je Suis Charlie’ banner.